OUT Magazine has released their 4th annual Power 50 list of the richest, most influential,most feared gays and lesbians in America and two people of color made the list. Out comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes and Academy-Awad nominated director Lee Daniels.
Rounding out the top 5 were Ellen Degeneres (#1), Barney Frank (#2), Anderson Cooper (#3), Rachel Maddow (#4), and Adam Lambert (#5).
Out Magazine on Sykes and Daniels:
Aside from scoring her second HBO stand-up special, I’ma Be Me, in October, last year was a year of firsts for Sykes. Along with the debut of her own late-night talk show, The Wanda Sykes Show, the newly out Sykes, along with her wife, Alex, welcomed twins in April, just weeks before she became the first African-American woman and openly LGBT person with the coveted roasting duties at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner.
Daniels’s star continues to rise: Precious may not have netted the coveted best picture or best director Oscars, but it collected a couple of awards and, more importantly, elevated the director to the stage he’s long felt was his. Always a battler, never short of opinions, Daniels has charmed Hollywood. What he does next, though, will matter even more. Hugh Jackman recently let slip that he and Daniels are collaborating on the civil rights story Selma, due to begin shooting this spring.